anyone else has a toddler of almost 3 yrs refusing to talk?

Goldie - posted on 07/03/2012 ( 12 moms have responded )

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my toddler is turning 3 this nov and still he refuses to speak. i've brought him to the speech therapist and his PD says he is fine..... not autism.... he is stll seeing his speech therapist tho.... he doesnt like to play with kids his own age however he plays with kids older than him. is there anyone else facing the same prob as me?????

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Shannon - posted on 07/06/2012

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I specialize in early intervention speech therapy. it's hard to really say anything without being able to assess your child. There are so many things it could be or that could be factoring in to his lack of communication. I wanted to give you this link though, and highly recommend you check it out. It is a GREAT resource and these therapists are amazing! They even do a podcast that is really helpful and enjoyable to listen to. It's www.teachmetotalk.com hope it helps! Hang in there and continue to be your child's advocate!

Melinda - posted on 07/05/2012

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ive been through the same thing. i have 2 boys. my oldest loves to talk but until he got to playing with other kids he refused to talk. now my youngest is going on 3 and he was 2 1/2 before he took off talking. i kept noticing i heard him when id leave the room. i dont know why he wouldnt talk for grownups but just as soon as i left him and his older brother in a room id hear him talk. it was amazing. i was convinced he had hearing problems and i had his ears check hed point to parts of his body and things but wouldnt say them for the longest time. just hang in there your toddler is probally just shy like mine was.

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Aimee - posted on 07/06/2012

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Have you got his ears checked? I know a couple of people where their child was having trouble talking and it due fluid in the ears. They had to get tubes put in place. Both of these children were 3 and 4.

Goldie - posted on 07/05/2012

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ji jamie, yep e actually tried to use signs but he refuses to so...... we will continue though maybe he might just gradually accept it?? siggh.......................... its kindda frustrating for him that he cant express and its frustrating for me that i dont know what he wants sometimes....

Goldie - posted on 07/05/2012

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hi mandy, yep he just makes noises or sometimes he just stays silent... so its really hard.

Jamie - posted on 07/05/2012

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Have you tried Baby SIgns? Maybe if you tried using sign language it would be a gateway to getting comfortable with communicating. Just a thought.

Mandy - posted on 07/05/2012

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Does he make noises while pointing or is he just silent? Has the speech therapist ruled out speech apraxia?

Goldie - posted on 07/04/2012

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thanks louise, im stll trying that now, then he screams and yells and cries and tugs my hair so hard until i to do what he wants...... when i let him choose he uses his finger to point at the thing he wants.. hm........ guess i have to give him some time??

Louise - posted on 07/04/2012

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Some children just prefer not to talk and stay very quiet until one day it all comes out at once. Try not to help him not to speak by not fetching things he points to. Dont talk for him, so to speak by asking him questions he only has to nod to. Ask him what he wants for his tea tonight, special treat, say we could have fish fingers or pasta ummm what shall we have, (dont give him the option of pointing to what he wants) hopefully he will try to communicate with you. Keep using these tactics during the day, give him options of what to play with or an activity to do. Dont show him pictures or put the toys infront of him to point to. He has to learn to express himself and get what he wants using words. See how this goes!

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